Member of Senate, representing Baltimore City, 1971 to January 8, 2003. Majority Leader, 1983-2003. Chair, Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, 1987-2003 (education subcommittee; ad hoc subcommittee on ethics & election laws, 1997-2001). Member, Judicial Proceedings Committee, 1971-74; Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 1972-74.
Vice-Chair, Budget and Taxation Committee, 1975-86 (past chair, health, education & human resources subcommittee). Member, Executive Nominations Committee, 1975-2003; Legislative Policy Committee, 1979-2003 (management subcommittee); Spending Affordability Committee, 1982-2003; Joint Budget and Audit Committee, 1983-97; Rules Committee, 1983-2003. Co-Chair, Joint Committee on State Economic Development Initiatives, 1995-96. Member, Special Joint Committee on Group Homes, 1995-96; Joint Audit Committee, 1997; Special Study Commission on the Maryland Public Ethics Law, 1998; Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 1999-2003. Senate Chair, Joint Committee on the Port of Baltimore, 2000-03. Co-Chair, Senate Committee on Redistricting, 2001-02. Member, Special Committee on Gaming, 2001-03. Co-Chair, Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2002. Chair, Maryland Legislative Black Caucus, 1984-86 (member, environmental committee, 2000, ethics committee, 2000, economic development committee, 2000-03, judicial nominating committee, 2000-03, nominating committee, 2000-03, redistricting committee, 2000-02, education committee, 2001-03, historically black colleges & universities committee, 2001-03). Member, Urban Affairs Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures.
Chair, Board of Review, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 1969-71. Member, Governor's Commission on the Structure and Governance of Education, 1973-75; Governor's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, 1976-82; Commission to Study the Public Service Law, 1977-80; Maryland Education Council, Education Commission of the States, 1977-2003; Desegregation Task Force of State Board of Higher Education, 1980. Executive and Legislative Task Force on Prisons, 1981; State Employment and Training Council, 1981-83; Maryland Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, 1982-84; Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, 1984-85; Governor's Commission on Teacher Salaries and Incentives, 1986-87; Task Force on School Construction Finance, 1987; Governor's Commission on School Performance, 1987-89; Governor's Transition Team for Higher Education, 1988; Governor's Task Force on SPECTRUM-Housing for Economic Growth, 1990; Task Force on the Charles H. Hickey, Jr. School, 1991; Governor's Task Force on School Construction, 1992-93; Governor's Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission, 1992-1995; World War II Memorial Commission, 1994-98; Maryland Affordable Housing Trust, 1994-2003; Task Force to Study the Governance, Coordination, and Funding of the University System of Maryland, 1998-99; Task Force to Study the History and Legacy of Slavery in Maryland, 1999. Presidential Elector, Maryland, 1996, 2000. Former chair, Urban Services Commission, Baltimore City.
Born in South Creek, North Carolina, April 20, 1921. Attended Baltimore City public schools; Frederick Douglass High School. Served in U.S. Army, World War II (Combat Commission). Morgan State College, B.A. (political science), 1950; The Johns Hopkins University, M.L.A., 1965; Georgetown University. Educator. Former principal, Dunbar High School, Baltimore. Former executive assistant to president, Community College of Baltimore. Member, Democratic National Committee. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000. Member, Maryland Democratic State Central Committee; Baltimore City Democratic Central Committee. Member, Academy of Political and Social Science; Baltimore Urban League; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Alpha Phi Alpha; Gamma Boule. Board of Trustees, Sinai Hospital; Western Maryland College. First Citizen Award, Maryland Senate, 1994. Regional Visionary Award, Greater Baltimore Committee, 1997. Living History Honoree, Baltimore City Historical Society, 2002. Annual Achievement Award, Maryland Black Caucus Foundation, 2003. Married; one son; one stepson, six grandchildren. Died in Baltimore, Maryland, April 12, 2003.
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